Online TOEFL Preparation
- July 3, 2017
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Are you preparing to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)? If so, you are undoubtedly feeling a great deal of pressure to prepare for the test. The score you receive will determine whether or not you gain admission to the college or university of your choice. Your preparations are also going to help get you ready for the experience of attending an institute of higher learning where English is the primary language spoken.
If you live in a country where very little English is spoken, then preparing for certain aspects of the test may represent a challenge. You might not have many opportunities to gather where English is spoken and to practice your listening and speaking skills. Fortunately, online TOEFL preparation provides the answer.
Online TOEFL Preparation – Formal Options
The first series of options we will provide here are formal online TOEFL preparation options. These are websites and services that provide specific guidance and material to help you prepare for the TOEFL.
Firstly, you have this website. The major links on the menu bar will definitely set you in the right direction.
Do not leave this website until you have taken full advantage of the menu bar links.
There are other key websites to consider, too.
ETS is the non-profit organization that developed the TOEFL, puts together the test each year, and administers the test around the world. Their website is one of the best online resources for official test preparation materials.
On their site, you can find a list of upcoming test dates, registration forms, and basic information about the TOEFL. You can also find:
- Free test preparation materials, including:
- A test prep planner, including an eight-week calendar to help you get ready and hone your skills as you prepare for the test.
- An interactive sampler that provides free and unlimited access to questions from past exams. It also gives you some sample answers and downloadable reading samples.
- A free set of IBT test questions from all four sections of the test so you can familiarize yourself with the text format.
- Paid test preparation materials, including:
- The Practice Online Speaking Series, which uses ETS software to grade your speaking ability and accent. Many students consider this the most difficult part of the test, so practicing is essential. More affordable solutions can be found here.
- A series of TOEFL booklets that include full written practice tests and other preparation materials to help you get ready for the big day. In addition to this, you might also want to read a guidebook that will walk you through the TOEFL exam in the best way possible.
It’s very important to take practice tests, since familiarity with the test’s format can make a big difference in your score. You don’t want to get caught on the day of the test being confused about how the test works or what you need to do to complete it.
Magoosh is another well-respected test preparation website with a variety of online TOEFL preparation materials available.
Most of their material works on a subscription basis. You can choose to subscribe just for a few weeks or opt for the six-month option. Each option provides you with access to dozens of practice test questions and videos, including explainer videos that walk students through the correct answers for the test questions.
Learn4Good is another TOEFL test preparation website with some interesting options. In addition to providing a series of 25-question sample tests, this site also has resources in languages other than English, including:
The site provides free lessons on English grammar and parts of speech to help you refine your comprehension and writing skills.
Online TOEFL Preparation – Informal Options
You should absolutely plan on taking as many practice tests as you can in the weeks and months leading up to the TOEFL test. However, formal test preparation is not the only online tool you can use to hone your English skills and get ready for the test. Here are a few other options.
- Seek out English-speaking groups and friends on social media. Sites like Facebook and Twitter provide people from around the world with a way to connect. Facebook is an ideal site for reading informal English. You may want to join some English-language groups as a way or practicing your reading and writing.
- It’s also a good idea to seek out English-language publications online. You may follow English-language newspapers and magazines on social media and get access to much of their online content that way. If you can afford it, you may also wish to subscribe to English-language publications.
- Visit college and university websites and look for videos of lectures and other materials. The TOEFL listening sections are all related to university life, so listening to lectures is a very good way to prepare.
- Go to YouTube or other video streaming services and watch English-language videos. You may also want to seek out TED talks and documentaries as a way of exposing yourself to more academic language.
When it comes to online TOEFL preparation, it’s a good idea to be both traditional and creative. The more English you read, write, hear, and speak, the better able you will be to ace the test and get into the college or university of your choice.
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